Court in brief

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The following cases were recently heard before Judge William D. Cohen in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division Bennington:

Monday

Jeremy T. Joseph, 36, of Manchester Center, pleaded not guilty to felony possession of stolen property. Joseph was released at his arraignment and will return to court on Oct. 6. The charges stem from an offense Vermont State Police investigated in March 2016 in connection with a break-in in Dorset.

Pamela King, 55, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty to false pretense and identity theft—first offense and misdemeanor petit larceny $900 or less. King was released and ordered to stay away from WalMart. The charges stem from an incident Bennington police investigated Aug. 6. She will return to court Oct. 9.

Tuesday

Richard Keus, 51, of Pownal, pleaded not guilty to felony first degree aggravated domestic assault with prior conviction (two counts) and second degree aggravated domestic assault with prior conviction (two counts). Prosecutors charged Keus as a habitual offender, having three or more felony convictions. Keus was ordered held without bail at his arraignment and will return to court Thursday for a weight of evidence hearing. The charges stem from an incident Vermont State Police investigated on Saturday.

Steven D. Santiago, 32, of Shaftsbury, pleaded not guilty to felony second degree aggravated domestic assault in violation of a court order. Santiago was ordered held without bail at his arraignment and will return to court on a later date for a weight of evidence hearing. The charges stem from an incident Bennington police investigated May 27.

Patrick J. Sears, 46, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty to felony burglary and misdemeanor possessing stolen property. The charges stem from items stolen in Bennington in 2014 and an investigation by Vermont State Police. Sears requested speedy trial and will return to court Wednesday for jury draw.








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